Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nesting

It's been established that I'm a horrible housekeeper. Cleaning has never really been on the top of my priority list. But lately I've been on a cleaning tear. It's like I've been storing up all of the cleaning to-dos on my list and I'm now vomiting them all out in some sick bulimic cleaning binge.

Roxy likes to try and help. She enjoys cleaning up the pieces of cat food that the cats refuse to eat off of the floor. She loves to help me unpack the groceries out of the un-environmentally friendly plastic bags and rip them to shreds. She likes to lay on the warm clothes fresh out of the dryer. She's a regular Hazel on four-legs.

Like most greyhounds, Roxy has a high nesting instinct. She has scratched and clawed holes in many blankets and beds in her short eight months in our home that it is a bit astounding. It doesn't matter how short her nails are. The power of her clawing is the problem. She has to get it just right and when she gets into a zone, you have to do a lot to correct her.

So the other morning while I was working on an article for a client, I could hear Roxy upstairs on our bed. I knew what she was up to. The longer she was up there, the more damage I knew she was doing. When I called her name she appeared at the top of the stairs with that look on her face. You know that look. The, "What? I wasn't doing anything," look. I knew better, so I grabbed my camera and went to investigate.

This is how I had left my bedroom just an hour before:



This is how I found it:



The conclusion: greyhounds do not make good housekeepers.

12 comments:

Addie said...

She sure looks comfortable! :-)

I always wonder, when they mess up the covers...what makes them decide it's just right and doesn't need any more fluffing?

In any case, I wish I had your cleaning mojo right now. I just hate to clean, and it sure does show.

Addie

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

So adorable :-).

Jen

Amy said...

Amber and Roxy are such partners in crime, I swear! Our bed looks like that everyday when we get home from work. I love it!

Patti said...

That looks WAY too familiar! Remi is the queen of nesting at my house and regularly makes mayhem of my bed - just like that!

christie said...

I am always blaming the dogs for the messy house. Which was totally the cats fault before the dogs came along. Before the cats, I plead the fifth....

IHateToast said...

you know how you have to crack somethings for them to work, such as ice packs and glow sticks?

well, it's the same for beds. clearly roxy knows best. you, however, do not!

gyeong said...

Reverse psychology. If you mess up the bed yourself, maybe she will clean it up for you. Then again, it hasn't worked for me so far.

Zan said...

Roxy is jut trying to streamline your morning routine. She's showing you that there's no reason to take the time to make the bed - she's not through using it:-)!

Trina said...

She just wanted to show you how a bed is supposed to look! This would be why I don't make up my bed..ever. And I am a clean freak! ;-)

pattysea said...

Obviously, Roxy has settled in nicely.

Gerry said...

Love it! Thank goodness we aren't the only ones who lose our bed to our greyhound(s). What a scream. Love you conclusion about greyhounds not making good housekeepers. Amen to that!

thebellagreyhound said...

hmmmm seems your greys got the same memo as mine...if it is clean and neat and tidy....MESS IT UP AND SLEEP ON IT!!